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Students Can Now Text Crime Tips
Posted Date: 8/24/2012 2:00 PM

Contact: Susan Danielsen
Phone: 336-574-4002

Greensboro/Guilford County Crime Stoppers announces a new way for students of all ages to anonymously report crime information and make schools safer. Students with a phone with texting capabilities can send crime tips to 274637 (CRIMES). To specify that the information is about campus crime in the Greensboro area, students must enter the keyword FIVE O (all alphabetical – no numerical) at the beginning of the text message and then type in the crime tip.

“Students are often the first to know about things that are happening – or about to happen – in their schools,” said Greensboro police officer V.H. Sanchez, the School Resource Officer for Guilford Middle School. “We rely on them to provide information to prevent incidents from occurring, and to help us solve crimes that have already occurred.”

Tips sent via text are completely anonymous. The texted tip is routed through a secure server outside of the US where the sender’s number is stripped from the call. The information is processed through a second secure server and then delivered to Crime Stoppers coordinators.

Crime Stoppers coordinators provide the student with a confidential code number and instructions on how to follow up on the report. Coordinators can converse via text with the student. When the student no longer wants to communicate, he or she can send the word “stop” to end the session. 

Students can also submit tips from the Crime Stoppers website or TipSoft website, or by calling 336-373-1000.

“Middle and high students are also encouraged to let their SRO know of potential problems,” said Sanchez. “Your SRO is there to help solve problems and keep the school safe so teachers can focus on teaching and students can focus on learning.”

Text-a-Tip was made possible by a grant from the Governors Crime Commission. Funds from the grant are dedicated to promoting the text-a-tip program. Rewards for information leading to the arrest or indictment of offenders and the recovery of property, drugs, or weapons are raised through donations. No tax-payer dollars are used for this program.

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